Two bioengineering undergraduates from the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering recently won the Goldwater Scholarship. The scholarship aims to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and to foster leadership and excellence in those fields.
The UCSD winners of this national scholarship are bioengineering junior Scott Revelli and Ryan Chuang, a junior double majoring in bioengineering: biotechnology and human biology.
Ryan Chuang is a Jacobs Scholar and a participant in the Med Scholars Program -- a seven or eight-year Bachelor/Medicine (M.D.) program that accepts up to twelve highly qualified California high school seniors each year, and grants them provisional acceptance into the UCSD School of Medicine. Chuang plans to earn an M.D. and Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology. He hopes to conduct research in oncology and teach at the university level.
Scott Revelli participated in UCSD’s Pacific Rim Undergraduate Experiences (PRIME) program. Read all about Scott’s PRIME summer in Melbourne, Australia here. In addition to enjoying Australia, Revelli performed biomedical research. Read his final report: “Determining the Optimal Pacing Sites for Biventricular Pacing the Failing Heart with Left Bundle Branch Block.” His UCSD mentors were bioengineering professor Andrew McCulloch and Dr. Roy C. P. Kerckhoffs, an Assistant Project Scientist in Professor Andrew McCulloch's Cardiac Mechanics Research Group in the Department of Bioengineering.
Last year, Revelli won the Genentech PR&D 2009 Outstanding Junior Award. His future plans? To develop medical devices.
The "Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship Program and Excellence in Education Foundation" was created in 1986. The scholarship aims to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering and to foster leadership and excellence in those fields.
Scholarships are awarded to students with outstanding potential for pursuit of careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for undergraduate tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually.